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BMS 2021 Concert: Stephen Upshaw, Viola
September 25, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm£12.00
The Berwick Music Series combines live concerts by nationally and internationally known performers, and educational events for those who would like to know more about classical and modern music. There is a Northern flavour to this year’s Series: there are North Eastern composers featured in our concerts, one of our lectures is on composers from the North East; and we have a composition competition on the theme “North”.
American violist Stephen Upshaw regularly appears in festivals around the world including the BBC Proms, Cheltenham, and the Salzburg Chamber Music Festival. He is a member of the Solem Quartet and, as a noted interpreter of contemporary music, is also a member of London’s Riot Ensemble. He has worked closely with many of today’s leading composers, including John Adams, Thomas Adès and George Benjamin. He has been the artistic director of “Sounding Motion” – a company exploring the relationship between live contemporary chamber music and dance. Stephen has also toured regularly in the USA, Europe and Asia with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. He was recently a featured guest on BBC Radio 3’s ‘This Classical Life’.
A native of Atlanta, Stephen studied at the New England Conservatory in Boston and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Stephen plays a 1715 Daniel Parker school viola currently made available to him by Nigel Brown and the Stradivari Trust.
Errollyn Wallen LAVINIA
Michael Worboys Allanton Air
J.S. Bach. Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009, transcribed for viola
John Casken. From One Thread
György Kurtág Selections from ‘Signs, Games and Messages’